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New Century of Service
New Century of Service is a 5-year national effort focusing on public service as the Forest Service approaches its 100th anniversary.

Forest Service Centennial Congress
Join us as we convene Congressional leaders, representatives from agency partners and interests, leading academicians, select state and local government representatives, key governors, media leaders and Forest Service leaders to honor the creation of the U.S. Forest Service and to provide a contemporary focus for the future.

History of the Forest Service Timeline
View 100 years of milestones and events that comprise a history of the Forest Service.

The Greatest Good Teacher Guide


Char Miller Lecture Series
Dr. Char Miller, history professor at Trinity University in Texas and a Pinchot Institute Senior Fellow, will give a series of lectures around the country about the environmental and political history that developed and shaped the Forest Service. Dr. Miller is available to give 30 lectures September 2004 -July 2005.



The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: a Centennial History
James G. Lewis
One hundred years ago, Chief Forester Gifford Pinchot announced a land management policy that sought to develop wisely all natural resources for “the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.” The principle of conservation—managing the land and its resources for multiple uses on a sustainable basis—has guided the United States Forest Service since the agency’s creation in 1905. The Greatest Good: A History of the United States Forest Service and Conservation, the companion book to the new documentary film The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film, traces the agency’s development from its beginnings as a one-man research outfit to today’s broad-based operation of approximately 30,000 employees overseeing 191 million acres of public land. Richly illustrated and organized by era, this book examines how conservation has evolved over the last 100 years and explores how those changes have determined who may use the land and why. Featuring rarely seen photographs and images, and drawing on memoirs and interviews with past and present personnel, as well as with leading historians, The Greatest Good provides an entertaining and informative account of the U.S. Forest Service’s first one hundred years as it enters a new century of service. Order the book from the Forest History Society

The Greatest Good: 100 Years of Forestry in America
Char Miller and Rebecca Staebler
The Greatest Good is a compelling photographic history of forestry in the United States. The publication features hundreds of stunning photos that depict a complex profession that has undergone drastic change throughout the past 10 decades. Chapter One reveals how crucial wood was to 19-century Americans, and why some believed forestry offered a way to produce timber without destroying the forests. Chapter Two explores the growth of the profession, the creation of the Forest Service, and the controversies that often erupted over new practices and controls. Following World War II, the intensifying demand for wood for housing and an emerging environmental consciousness brought new challenges to the profession, as Chapter Three makes clear. Finally, Chapter Four examines how in the last quarter-century, foresters have extended the nation’s wood supply. Through photograph and word, The Greatest Good illustrates the many contributions that foresters and forestry have made to our society. 136 pages, softcover. September 1999. Order the book from the Society of American Foresters' Store.